Cameron Pilley on his way to a comfortable straight-games victory over Egyptian Tarek Momen in the opening game of the 2016 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions.
Cameron Pilley on his way to a comfortable straight-games victory over Egyptian Tarek Momen in the opening game of the 2016 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions. Contributed

Yamba’s Cameron Pilley knocked out of Swedish Open quarters

SQUASH: Yamba's Cameron Pilley has succumbed to a quarter final defeat at the hands of Simon Rösner in the 2016 UCS Swedish Open in Linkoping.

The loss for the Australian No. 1 has put an end to his chances of winning a first PSA World Tour title in more than five years.

Pilley, a Swedish Open regular making his sixth appearance at the PSA M70 tournament, had advanced the quarter finals after taking down regular sparring partner and World No. 9 Laurens Jan Anjema.

"LJ played very, very well in the second game," Pilley said. "I couldn't do anything, I couldn't volley, I couldn't take the ball down. He just completely outplayed me.

"I got it back after that but it was a battle. I think it was a good match after the first two games because we both got into it.

Pilley got off to a great start in the quarter final taking the first game 11-9 against the World No. 11 however the Yamba product was unable to keep his momentum going.

The rest of the encounter was an engaging and high-quality affair with only a succession of lets towards the end of the third game punctuating what was otherwise a nail-biting contest full to the brim with attacking brilliance from the duo.

Pilley couldn't prevent Rösner from edging ahead to take three games without reply, securing a 9-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-6 triumph in the process.

Rösner said he felt it was the most competitive contest the two players had been involved in.

"I'm really proud of my performance today," said Rösner.

"I thought we played some good squash out there today and I hope that we ended up exciting the crowd as well.

"I think that I played better than last time I played him (in the Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open).

"I'm really proud to be in another semi-final in the Swedish Open."



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